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Universal Periodic Review: Human Rights Council adopted Argentina’s report

15 de March, 2018

argentina-epuSANTIAGO (15 March 2018) – The Human Rights Council adopted today in Geneva, Switzerland, the outcome report of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Argentina. 

– Download the outcome report of the UPR Argentina (A/HRC/37/5): http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/37/5

– Download the Addendum with views on conclusions and/or recommendations, voluntary commitments and replies presented by the Argentine State (A/HRC/37/5/Add.1), in Spanish: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/37/5/Add.1

According to the report presented by the national delegation, Argentina accepted 175 of the 188 recommendations made by the States of the Human Rights Council during the third cycle of the UPR, and 13 were noted by the State.

Adoption ceremony

During the ceremony, the ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN in Geneva, Marcelo Cima, informed that human rights are a fundamental part in the design of State policies in Argentina, and that the UPR is a tool that contributes to strengthen the national human rights protection systems.

Likewise, the authority highlighted that in November 2017 Argentina launched its first National Human Rights Plan, which comprises the period 2017-2020. Mr. Cima pointed out that the plan was elaborated in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, the recommendations of the UPR, and the observations of the UN human rights mechanisms.

The Argentine representative also explained that the country assumed several voluntary commitments in that framework, such as consolidating the human rights institutions –including the National Plan, the Ombuds Office and the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture. In the same way, he expressed the importance of continuing with policies for the construction of memory, truth and justice; advancing in development policies, inclusion and integration to reduce poverty; promoting reforms to improve transparency standards and access to information in human rights matters; as well as preventing and fight against the institutional violence, including train the security forces and the penitentiary system.  

Finally, Mr. Cima highlighted that broad debates on the decriminalization of abortion and the universalization of sexual education are being promoted.

During the adoption of the UPR of Argentina, representatives of the State, the UN and civil society groups identified areas in which Argentina can continue making process in terms of human rights, expressing concern in matters such as women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, racial discrimination, discrimination grounded on religious or sexual orientation, the situation of the penitentiary system and the use of force, among other issues.

You can find the video of the UPR on Argentina adoption’s ceremony at the following link:  http://bit.ly/2IpbOY2

More information (in Spanish): http://acnudh.org/examen-periodico-universal-consejo-de-derechos-humanos-adopto-informe-final-de-argentina/

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